Charleston Animal Society’s lifesaving success in recent years has brought national attention to the organization and community.
Maddie’s Fund®, a national family foundation, has awarded $360,000 in grants to Charleston Animal Society to share the charity’s leadership and programming that inspired No Kill Charleston® and No Kill South Carolina® with communities around the United States through on-site fellowships and apprenticeships.
Maddie’s® Apprenticeship Program is a new and exciting opportunity for shelters and rescue organizations to share ideas and strategies to improve lifesaving. Through a blended learning experience, both direct hands-on or online, organizations looking to improve their practices will benefit from the wisdom shared by well-established innovative programs that have proven to save lives.
The Maddie’s® Executive Leadership Fellowship is an intensive professional opportunity for individuals committed to developing and strengthening their knowledge and skill sets in no-kill animal sheltering management and leadership.
To be recognized as a flagship lifesaving organization in the United States is an honor. Everyone at Charleston Animal Society is excited to share our nationally recognized animal rescue plan with other organizations, all thanks to Maddie’s Fund®. These grants shine a very positive light on Charleston County and show how much people here love their animals and support the organizations that save them.
Each of the grants involves employees from rescues around the U.S. coming to Charleston Animal Society for educational purposes:
- Two $100,000 Executive Leadership Fellowships will offer intensive training to two individuals specializing in shelter management. The goal is to develop future chief executives who can lead their communities to become no-kill.
- A $100,000 Foster Apprenticeship will allow the Charleston Animal Society to expand and share its highly acclaimed fostering system model with 40 apprentices from different agencies around the country. Charleston Animal Society’s foster family network includes over 300 families across the Lowcountry.
- A $60,000 Shelter Medicine Apprenticeship will fund 24 students to come spend time at Charleston Animal Society to learn best practices in shelter medicine. Charleston Animal Society’s Sam Greer Spay-Neuter Clinic is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), representing the highest standards of veterinary care. Charleston Animal Society is the only combined animal shelter and veterinary clinic in the Southeast to achieve this recognition.
Dr. Laurie Peek of the Maddie’s Fund® Executive Leadership Team says it best, “Charleston Animal Society has re-imagined what animal rescue can be and we are fortunate to have found such an impactful way to share their techniques with animal organizations everywhere.”
In addition to hands-on training at Charleston Animal Society through the Maddie’s Fund® programs, online distance education is being offered by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) through Charleston Animal Society. Foster principles, techniques and management have been presented in two online training sessions with approximately 500 participants, some from as far away as Europe. The ASPCA and Charleston Animal Society partnership began in 2008 when the ASPCA invested nearly $2 million in various organizations throughout Charleston County over a 5-year period paving the way for the County to become the Southeast’s first No Kill Community in 2013.
The University of the Pacific has secured Charleston Animal Society as a featured presenter in its one-of-a-kind Lifesaving-Centered Animal Shelter Management Certificate Program. The Program focuses on leadership training, shelter operations, marketing and development, community program development and animal health and clinic operations. During its spring course, participants from as far away as Australia and Ireland attended.
Indeed, Charleston Animal Society impacts the lives of animals across the globe.